Login Register

Dog letter is ridiculous

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

Comments (1)

I am writing in response to a letter in the Journal on February 7, "Dogs create such a mess". I am saddened that the writer could be so short-sighted and not give any consideration to the joy that a dog can bring to a person.

To say that they are of no use is absolutely ridiculous. I am an OAP, lost my husband and decided to have a dog. She is a wonderful companion and I, too, walk at Northam Burrows almost every day.

I have not seen many uncontrolled dogs, although undoubtedly there are some, as is proven by the sheep that have been killed and injured, and rarely do I see dog poo lying around on the grass or the beach (much more common on the roads in the area).

There is plenty of sheep's poo and horse's mess, but that is allowed.

There are owners who pick up the poo and then leave the bag intending to collect it on their way back and forget – but not many.

Most local owners are very responsible and I would suggest that the litter is often left by our summer visitors.

As for families wanting to enjoy the beaches – dogs are not allowed at the western end of Westward Ho for six months of the year, so there is enough room for everyone.

As a matter of interest, I specially noted as I walked on the burrows yesterday, the enormous amount of debris that has been washed up from the recent rough seas – nothing to do with dogs or litter louts.

Gillian Peberdy,


Read more from North Devon Journal

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters
  • dondald  |  April 25 2013, 6:14PM

    I keep pets and don't feel the need to exercise them off my property, I have also be bitten by dogs that were off their lead and don't see why we should have to put up with their mess ,some of the residents around the park on Golf links road have taken to installing cameras to catch the few people who don't clean up behind their dogs around the tennis courts and childrens play area and thankfully since the notices have been put up it seems to have stopped

    |   1